Every year we are chomping at the bit to get out for the first climb of the season and we know a lot of you are as well. The staff at Michigan Ice are keeping our eyes on the temps and are excited to be your go to for up to date ice conditions reports.
With some free time and an optimistic attitude Michigan Ice Fest Guide Colton Moore and I headed out to see if any spray ice had formed on Bridal Veil Falls. We had seen photos of some ice on BV from the previous week and it looked like there might be a possibility.
With a fresh dusting of snow in Munising, we headed down Miners Castle Road to the parking lot/trailhead. On our way, we checked out Potatoe Patch Falls and found the falls were roaring which is a very good sign of the high water table. We just need colder temps!
Arriving at the climb at dawn, not surprisingly, there was no ice to climb. Once again there was a lot of water flowing and the surrounding cliffs are seeping so we will have to wait another week or two to actually start swinging the tools.
While we did not find ice, we are optimistic that we will be climbing our favorite routes by the holidays which in reality is pretty normal for Munising. Overnight lows look really good next week and you can be sure we will be back out updating the report. Checking back through our archives, this seems to be a pretty normal year…….ice starting to form early December and first routes climbed mid to late December.
Continue to sharpen your tools and start making plans to come on up and get some early season ice! Remember to check back here our our facebook page for the latest ice conditions.